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cross-fertilize

[kraws-fur-tl-ahyz, kros-]
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verb (used with object), cross-fer·ti·lized, cross-fer·ti·liz·ing.
  1. to cause the cross-fertilization of.
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verb (used without object), cross-fer·ti·lized, cross-fer·ti·liz·ing.
  1. to undergo cross-fertilization.
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Also especially British, cross-fer·ti·lise.

Origin of cross-fertilize

First recorded in 1875–80
Related formscross-fer·ti·liz·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cross-fertilize

Historical Examples

  • For instance, a white oak and a bur oak grow near enough for the wind to "cross-fertilize" their pistillate flowers.

    Trees Worth Knowing

    Julia Ellen Rogers

  • Professor Lake: I can't see any reason, but that if there are present any of the native trees, they are bound to cross-fertilize.


British Dictionary definitions for cross-fertilize

cross-fertilize

verb
  1. to subject or be subjected to cross-fertilization
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cross-fertilize in Science

cross-fertilization

  1. The fertilization that occurs when the nucleus of a male sex cell from one individual joins with the nucleus of a female sex cell from another individual. In plants, cross-pollination is an example of cross-fertilization. Also called allogamy Compare self-fertilization.
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Related formscross-fertilize verb
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